So the end of week one shows I didn’t get much done. Three large Scibor snails are now done and based. Simple paint jobs but in line with the other units in the army. All my snails and worms are base coated with a desert yellow then coloured by an Army Painter rotting flesh paint with a number of washes to warm the tone from green to brown. GW’s Reikland Fleshshade finishes the job then teeth and details are picked out.
Bases are in GW’s Martian Ironearth with cork pieces and some yellow static grass. Like I say, simple paint jobs, so they shouldn’t be taking me this long.
The Reaper Bones great worms were almost finished earlier in the week and only needed bases doing to complete them. Again no real excuse other than ‘real life got in the way’ for these taking to the end of the week to finish off.
I need to get this army finished, if I can, as I am off on holiday soon and would like to see it done before then. Not likely to happen if this slow pace keeps up.
For a bit of a rest from painting Naval Units, and because Coronasan has been showing off his finished Rackham Dwarves for Dragon Rampant over on the Loft Full Of Lead, I have made the effort to finish off my own Dragon Rampant army. I have also joined the Dragon Rampant Facebook Group Painting Challenge in hopes that this forces me to get them done.
After so long painting a mainly White and Grey army it is nice to get back to a more earthy scheme. Started back in 2016 a number of these guys have been played in a few games but the remainder were never fully finished. One reason was the need to complete some purchases (I cant ever find Reaper Bones Chthon Worms on ebay at sensible prices). I have thrown caution, and my wallet, to the wind and stumped up for the remaining figures from a nice seller on ebay. So no excuse to finishing them now.
The other reason for the delay is not knowing how to paint the Mother Of All Worms…
She’s a huge Reaper Bones Monster called Mashaaf.
And I have no idea what to paint her like.
I guess I will just have to wing it though…
Her base alone is larger than most unit footprints in the army. I have had to mount it on a couple of old CDs for strength and stability as the original bones base material is so soft it bends under the weight of the figure itself.
Slow progress in week one due to a few games being planned and a bit of work distraction. Base colours on the large worms with wash to create shadows. Then painting 300 spots or boils (or whatever they are) in a number of brighter colours. Makes me think they have rolled in a tube of Smarties (or M and Ms if you are outside the UK).
Just base coats and quick wash done for the larger Scibor Snails though.
Next week should see these finished, I hope…
The bulk of the work done in the summer was on a Dragon Rampant force. Not a huge amount of work but a good start. These Scibor Snails were a gift from a friend and always on the painting queue but never started.
They were a bit daunting as such good sculpts deserve a good paint job. That usually takes time but sometimes just getting something done is what is required.
I decided I would have to just get them done so I could play a few games with them to try out Dragon Rampant properly.
First pass, and almost happy with them.
The teeth and claws turned slightly pink during a final wash so a quick touch up was required before finishing the basing.
Otherwise I quite like these.
Tufts and tooth whitener done.
5 more of these guys and 3 of Scibor’s big snails remain on the paint table and will be one of the jobs to finish before Xmas.
What else can I get done to get another quick win?
So in order to get some of the myriad of projects finished I need to get the blog slightly more up to date so we all know where the starting point is.
These guys were on the painting table back in the summer and got finished off as allies for the Steam Wars Martians force. Something of a close combat/ fast attack force.
Based up in the simple way that the robots were they are quite an effective looking unit.
Cracked Martian earth and rocks with small tufts. Quick and easy. Just what I need to get some jobs done.
I must try to work out what affects the size of the cracks. Maybe a quick google search will set me right. Larger cracks are more visually effective but smaller cracks in some of the flatter areas look good too.
So the army is started but, because of the large number of figures, its far from being finished. So no quick win to be had there. One option remains though.
Osprey released Dragon Rampant earlier in the year and I have just the use for these guys as part of a themed army. Based on a snakey or snaily monster ideal I have a few units that will look good together.
So, next up, the bits I got done over the summer that started, but never finished, my new Dragon Rampant army.
Next time… Evil Snails.
For such a small building (shed) the time it takes to tidy up is more than I expected. I don’t even know if it looks any different, as whatever I try to do seems to only result in me moving stuff from one pile to another.
While moving piles about is fine, occasionally I do find some small quick jobs that need doing. These odd bits were unearthed during the recent purge. The mounted statue was a scenic fancy I made up from some test pieces of MDF cobbles that a friend made up. The result (with an old 25mm Napoleonic horseman on top) was better than I expected.
Sadly, said horseman was slightly diseased, and the lead rot in his legs left him slightly brittle. One small knock, and off he snapped, while the base and hooves remained on the plinth.
Some terrible pinning and a dose of green stuff later and he was back looking more himself again. Sadly I have no idea what brass colour I used as each pot I matched up to him was ‘off’ slightly, so now his legs are looking slightly different to the rest of him. I don’t think it shows too much. Certainly not enough to worry me at this point, and at least I can use him again, safe in the knowledge that he is sturdier than ever before.
The other things that have reached the top of the painting pile are these simple Alien Grubs from Trollforged miniatures. The models are from their kickstarter and not available as yet. I will need another 6 when they do get released to complete the desired unit size. These will be painted up as the start of my Dragon Rampant army and as some possible allies for the Martian Invaders in Steam Wars.